Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigating its handling of unanswered 911 call


Oct. 8 Update: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said it is working to get us the original 911 call. Action News Jax reporter, Meghan Moriarty, played the second 911 call in regards to Darryl Lindsey’s body being found for a family friend.

Original Story from Sept. 23:

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) said it is looking into the handling of an incident that resulted in an unanswered 911 call.

This comes days after an Action News Jax investigation revealed police did not come out to the scene of a driver reporting he hit something or someone.

Action News Jax first told you last Friday a man was left for nearly 12 hours after being hit by a car on Martin Luther King Parkway. The victim, 59-year-old Darryl Lindsey, was walking along the stretch of MLK and Wilson St. at night on August 26. A driver hit him, called police to report it, and asked JSO for help and assistance, according to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).

Police never showed. Lindsey later died.

The agency is actively involved in this case. FHP said the driver who called 911 left the scene and turned himself in two days after the crash.

Action News Jax reporter, Meghan Moriarty, called the driver to get his side of the story. He did not want to comment, because it is an open case.

Moriarty also reached out to JSO. Following her initial investigative report, Friday, she received this email:

”The incident has been brought to our attention, and as a result, we have begun an investigation into the circumstances surrounding it. I am not aware of the specifics in the case and have been unable to locate a case number related, but it continues to be an active administrative investigation. As soon as it has been completed, the findings would become public record.“

”Family as a whole is requesting a deeper look at this case, in reference to the 911 call and the quality of it,” Crystal Tyler said. She is a family friend of the Lindsey’s.

Moriarty requested the incident report from JSO six days ago. She also requested the initial 911 call from the driver, four days ago. Moriarty was told today that no incident reports exist because FHP handled the crash and the 911 call is being withheld while it’s an active investigation.

”They want answers,” Tyler said. “That’s why we came to Action News Jax for help.”